John Singer Sargent painted On the Deck of the Yacht Constellation in the year 1924, a portrayal of Captain Herbert M. Sears. With an Impressionistic style of his own, the artist captured a reflective moment in which his model looks out into the ocean. By 1910, Sargent had turned to watercolor on paper, and by the time he painted On the Deck of the Yacht Constellation, he had mastered the craft. In this specific work, the painter used gouache as well.
During the 1910s, Sargent began to be criticized for being a bit old-fashioned, for the art world was seeing new and more radical movements emerge like Cubism, Fauvism, and Futurism. Although the artist never left his figurative way of painting, he didn’t shy away from challenges. During the years 1916-1918, the painter traveled across North America to portray its breathtaking landscapes. After that, he went to England where he became a war artist, depicting what he saw during the first world war using watercolors and oil paint. The artist was truly one of a kind, as he was influenced by the Classic masters, and was very well accepted by the Paris Salon, one of Europe’s most prestigious art shows, even though his work had a modern touch to it.
The painting On the Deck of the Yacht Constellation was concluded when Sargent was 68 years old, only one year before his death. The artist never lost his unique touch and style to painting, as he was able to join modern and traditional painting into something original. In this artwork, Captain Sears casually leans on his elbow while looking away from the viewer. He is elegantly dressed in white shoes and pants, a dark blazer, and a captain’s hat while holding binoculars in his hand.
The environment is very warm, as Sargent created a color palette of yellow, ochre, and red-browns. Although loosely painted, the floor and items can be easily identified. These are bundles of ropes and buckets close to the model. On the top right corner, the painter depicts the sails in beautiful detail, but still leaving visible brush strokes – a characteristic the artist mastered during his career. The far background is very bright, and a sailor can be seen painted in simple shapes of color, wearing a cap and yellow raincoat.
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